“Heartfelt and thought-provoking... Stedman's story is motivational, his thoughts on interreligious dialogue insightful, and in this short memoir, he proves himself an activist in the truest sense and one to watch.” —Taina Lagodzinski, Booklist, starred review
In Faitheist, Chris Stedman makes a passionate argument that atheists should engage religious diversity respectfully. Becoming aware of injustice, and craving community, Stedman became a "born-again" Christian only to encounter staunch homophobia at a time when he was slowly coming to realize that he was gay. The great suffering he experienced might have turned Stedman into a life-long "New Atheist." But over time he came to know more open-minded Christians, and found that his disdain and hostility toward religion was holding him back from engaging in meaningful work with people of faith. And it was keeping him from full relationships with them—the kinds of relationships that break down intolerance and improve the world. As someone who has stood on both sides of the divide, Stedman is uniquely positioned to present a way for atheists and the religious to find common ground and work together to make this world—the one world we can all agree on—a better place.
“Considering the truly desperate state of public dialogue in America today, Faitheist could be the most important book all of us read right now.”
—Amanda Quraishi, Tikkun Daily
"One [of the] best religion books of the year… an exciting and boundary defying introduction to a new world… an amazing book that could potentially change the game." —Ken Chitwood, Houston Chronicle
“[An] enlightening and engaging memoir… Stedman's memoir calling for civil discourse between atheists and the religious couldn’t come at a better time.”
—Julie Foster, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“[T]his book is a hand of friendship offered to people of faith and no faith. Not just to make nice, but to make ways for people with very different motivations to serve others and build justice together.”
—Julie Polter, Sojourners
“Funny and insightful, you could almost say that Faitheist is a sermon on the importance of finding common ground with one another, differences be damned.”
—Christian Williams, Utne Reader
"The searching, intelligent account of a gay man's experiences growing away from God and into a thoughtful and humane atheist… Brave and refreshingly open-minded."